Emerging from the underground scene of Montreal, Aaricia is a dark pop songstress, whose latest album is a mixture of extremes: highs and lows, love and hate, all expertly delivered via Aaricia’s vibrant energy and attitude. “Dry Water, like its title, evokes contradiction and opposition,” says the artist. “Things are always different than they seem if you look deeper than the surface and this album is the perfect example.”

Dry Water follows on from Aaricia’s 2017 debut album, Figures, which included the massive singles ‘Wildest Dream’ and ‘Nothing’. We asked the Canadian singer-songwriter which songs from the last decade she wished she had written. “Choosing only 10 is so hard and cruel lmao! Here are some of the songs I wish I would’ve written.”

1. Amy Winehouse – ‘Stronger Than Me’

“Went over the past decade for this one because Amy is a MUST. Honestly wish I could’ve written her whole discography. She’s one of my biggest inspirations.”

2. Justin Timberlake – ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

“If someone said I could only listen to five songs for the rest of my life, I think this would be one of them. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are THE duo. Seven minutes long and I wouldn’t skip a second.”

3. James Blake – ‘I Need A Forest Fire (ft. Bon Iver)’

“This feature is everything. Two of the best voices/writers out there joining to make a masterpiece. This song gives me so much feelings.”

4. Frank Ocean – ‘Swim Good’

“Channel ORANGE is a classic. There are so many amazing songs on there but ‘Swim Good’ is so lyrically rich. I love that song.”

5. Billie Eilish – ‘Watch’

“Billie is a phenomenon. She hasn’t released one single song I didn’t love but the chorus of this song is so beautifully written.”

6. H.E.R. – ‘U’

“The way H.E.R. plays with words is amazing. I love all her more recent work as well but this one is my favourite.” 

7. JoJo – ‘Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)’

“Jojo! Growing up I wanted to be like her so bad. I remember when she released her remix of ‘Marvin’s Room’, that was her first “bad b**ch” song and I was so inspired by it.”

8. Lana Del Rey – ‘Ride’

“Every Lana Del Rey song is like a movie. I remember listening to Ride in high school all the time. The bridge in this song is so uplifting, it’s my favourite part.”

9. Halsey – ‘Now Or Never’

“When ‘Bad At Love’ from Halsey came out, so many people were like ‘I thought this was you! It sounds like something you’d write’ and I was so honoured. However, the song I feel I could’ve written in another life, or wish I had is ‘Now Or Never’. It hits so close to home”

10. BANKS – ‘Waiting Game’

“BANKS is a lyrical goddess. There are at least three songs from each of her projects I wish I had written. She leaves me in awe. I chose this one in particular cause it’s the first one I discovered of hers but also, I was going through a breakup at that time and I felt like she was writing my feelings.”

Aaricia’s latest album Dry Water is out now. Watch the vibrant video for the record’s lead single HERE.

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